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This Day In Wrestling History – April 18th



Trivia

1998 – Mitsuharu Misawa wins the AJPW Champion’s Carnival, defeating
Jun Akiyama in the final after both men tied on 19 points

2007 – WWE severs ties with it’s development territory, Deep South
Wrestling

2012 – Derrick Bateman is crowned unofficial winner of NXT Redemption
(despite the fact that it stopped being a competition in late 2011).
This was due to him being the only non-eliminated competitor left on
the show

Events

In 2004, WWE Backlash was a Raw-exclusive event, held in
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

– Chris Jericho defeats Christian & Trish Stratus in a Handicap Match
– Victoria defeats Lita to retain the WWE Womens Title
– Randy Orton defeats Cactus Jack in a Hardcore Match to retain the
WWE Intercontinental Title
– Chris Benoit defeats Shawn Michaels & Triple H in a Triple Threat
Match to retain the World Heavyweight Title

In 2010, TNA Lockdown was held in Saint Charles, Missouri. As
with all Lockdown events of this time, all matches were held in a cage

– The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky) defeat Angelina
Love & Tara. Rayne scored the pin to retain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team
Titles and win the TNA Knockouts Title
– Kazarian defeats Shannon Moore & Homicide in a 3-Way Match to win
the vacant TNA X-Division Title
– AJ Styles defeats D’Angelo Dinero to retain the TNA World Title
– Team Hogan (Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Jeff Hardy & Rob Van Dam) defeat
Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe, James Storm & Robert Roode) in a
Lethal Lockdown Match. Had Team Hogan lost, Hulk Hogan would have been
forced to leave TNA

Title Changes

1974 – Fritz von Erich defeats The Texan to win the WCCW American
Heavyweight Title

1981 – The Grappler & The Super Destroyer defeat Junkyard Dog & Dick
Murdoch to win the vacant MSW Tag Team Titles

1988 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Bruiser Brody to win the NWA International
Heavyweight Title. This would be the final reign before the belt became
part of the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1989 – Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Stan Hansen to unify the NWA International
Title, the PWF Heavyweight Title and the NWA United National Title to
create the AJPW Triple Crown Title

1991 – Stan Hansen & Danny Spivey defeat The Miracle Violence
Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy) to win the AJPW Unified World
Tag Team Titles

1997 – Sean Morley defeats Rayo de Jalisco Jr to win the CMLL World
Heavyweight Title

2003 – Mr Niebla ends Universo 2000’s 3-year reign as CMLL World
Heavyweight Champion

2005 – on Smackdown, MNM (Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro) defeat Eddie
Guerrero & Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to legendary jobber and current WWE road agent Steve
‘The Brooklyn Brawler’ Lombardi
(52), 3-time NWA Womens Champion
Debbie Combs (54) and 3-time CMLL Heavyweight Champion
Universo 2000 (50)

Also, today would have been the birthday of one-time Stampede Tag Team
Champion Biff Wellington (48)

In Memoriam

The wrestling world has lost two legends on this day:

Firstly, in 1990, EMLL legend and patriarch of the famed Guerrero
family, Gory Guerrero died at the age of 69. Guerrero joined a
gym with the intention of training to become a boxer, but was roped
into learning lucha libre instead. He began his professional career in
1937, wrestling as ‘Joe Morgan’ before gaining a reputation for bloody,
hardcore matches and adopted the ‘Gory Guerrero’ name as a reference to
them. Guerrero was named EMLL’s rookie of the year in 1943, having
joined the promotion early that year, and two years later, won his
first major singles title, the NWA National Welterweight Title. He also
became good friends with the legendary El Santo and would appear in
some of his lucha-based films. In 1966, he broke away from the EMLL
after refusing to drop the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title to Ray
Mendoza and took the opportunity to get more involved behind the scenes
in smaller promotions. He booked for Dory Funk Sr and WCCW, as well as
being involved in the running of the WWA in the 70s and 80s. Guerrero
officially retired from active duties in 1990, though had been as good
as retired for several years previously. In retirement, he worked as a
car insurance salesman. In his later years, he was suffering from
hepatitis, which eventually led to fatal liver failure. Guerrero
remains well-respected in the world of professional wrestling, and is
credited with inventing the Camel Clutch and Gory Special maneuvers

Secondly, in 2002, hugely decorated NWA star and WCW Hall of Famer
Wahoo McDaniel died at the age of 63. In the mid-60’s, McDaniel
was a crowd-favourite football player in the AFL. However, his career
came to an abrupt end after an incident where he knocked out two police
officers. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers following the
incident, but never played a game for them and began wrestling full
time (having previously wrestled during off-seasons) in 1969. McDaniel
frequently wrestled in Hawaii, but it was in Houston where he found
most of his early success, regularly competing for Dory Funk Jr’s NWA
World Title. By the mid-70’s, McDaniel was regularly competing for JCP
and engaged in legendary feuds with Johnny Valentine and Ric Flair. In
the 80’s, he started touring the USA, competing in various territories
and finding success in most. He retired from the ring in 1989,
following a main event run in the AWA, but would return less than a
year later, competing across the southern states. His final retirement
match came in 1996, as his health had started to fail. He had lost both
kidneys shortly before his passing, and died of complications from
renal failure and diabetes whilst waiting for a transplant



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